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Project by JoesBetterHalf posted 10-12-2013 12:54 AM 1487 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making and posting my argyle cutting board to facebook, a friend of mine suggested I make a plaid cutting board. I had thought about it before, but since she showed interest, I figured I’d give it a shot. It would either be totally amazing or a complete failure.

I browsed some images online until I found a pattern that I liked and that was simple enough to execute through wood. I did a few sketches just to get the measurements the way I liked.

1. I made the center square out of purpleheart and walnut. I cut three 1” wide strips of purpleheart and sandwiched two 1/4” pieces of walnut between them. Glue and clamp together and set aside.

2. I made the lighter squares from maple and walnut. Again, I cut three 1” wide strips of maple and sandwiched the 1/4” walnut between. Glue and clamp and set aside.

3. Plane the two glue-ups.

4. Using the cross-cut sled, I cut three 1” strips of purpleheart/walnut and eight 1 1/2” strips of maple/walnut. Set aside.

5. For the corners I used some left-over 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” pieces of walnut which I had cut for one of my argyle boards. You will need 16.

6. Sandwich 1 1/2” long pieces of yellowheart between the pieces of walnut. You should have 8 clamped up pieces.

7. Glue 1/4” pieces of yellowheart between two of your cut pieces of wanut, making sure you line up your walnut strips. Clamp and wait.

8. Glue 1/4” strips of walnut between the three purpleheart pieces. Clamp and wait.

9. Once the glue has set up on the walnut/yellowheart squares, unclamp. Then glue yellowheart between two of the pieces you just unclamped and re-clamp.

10. Once your pieces are assembled, square up on the tablesaw… unless, of course, you cut perfectly and can line them up perfectly.

11. Glue up the 9 squares. Walnut/yellowheart, Maple/Walnut, Walnut/Yellowheart…. Maple/Walnut, Purpleheart/walnut, Maple/Walnut…Walnut/Yellowheart, Maple/Walnut, Walnut/Yellowheart. Make sure the little stripes all line up. Clamp and wait.

12. Square up those pieces as well.

13. Glue the three pieces together and clamp.

14. I applied a border of 1/4” purpleheart. I thought it looked a little plain and unfinished without it.

15. Plane the board. Very light cuts!

16. Sand

17. Finish with mineral oil… or whatever you prefer.

Please feel free to ask any questions… I’m a nurse, not a teacher (for very good reason)!

Enjoy!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts





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amagineer

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#1 posted 10-12-2013 01:06 AM

That is one wonderful design, Kasie. The wood selection and placement is spot on.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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kdc68

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#2 posted 10-12-2013 01:09 AM

Wow…very detailed comprehensive description….thank you for that !.....Added to favorites….as stated many times here or via Facebook…you two do amazing work…wish you both continued success with K & J Wood Crafts….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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JoesBetterHalf

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#3 posted 10-12-2013 01:12 AM

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GerardoArg1

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#4 posted 10-12-2013 01:17 AM

Beatiful. Nice job, good choise of wood, and a unique design. Thanks for post.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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SteveGaskins

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#5 posted 10-12-2013 01:44 AM

Very, very nice. Thanks for posting. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 10-12-2013 01:45 AM

Wow I really like this board very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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MarkTheFiddler

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#7 posted 10-12-2013 01:55 AM

That is a super nice board! Way to go! I really like this one. My mother would trip all over herself to buy it. Well done!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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JoesBetterHalf

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 01:56 AM

Thanks to all of you… coming from guys like you who make such wonderful things, it is truly a compliment.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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wiser1934

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#9 posted 10-12-2013 02:18 AM

i like it. good choice of patterns. thanks for the construction description.

-- wiser1934, new york

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deon

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#10 posted 10-12-2013 04:51 AM

Looks amazingly precise. Great work

-- Dreaming patterns

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WoodenFrog

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#11 posted 10-12-2013 05:45 AM

Very Very Nice!! I love the look of this board!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Sandra

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#12 posted 10-12-2013 12:21 PM

Stunning board! Love it.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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woodsmithshop

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#13 posted 10-12-2013 03:09 PM

WOW amazing board.

who would have thought that such a simple thing as a cutting board would bring out so much artistic talent here on LJ’s.

I think we have Degoose to thank for this, since he started it all.

-- Smitty!!!

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hoss12992

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#14 posted 10-12-2013 04:06 PM

Awesome! Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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JoesBetterHalf

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#15 posted 10-13-2013 01:34 AM

Thank you all for the awesome feedback!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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